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Be Careful With Your Child’s Dosage

Be Careful With Your Child’s DosageRecently, a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that 84 percent of all parents made mistakes when giving liquid medicine to their children. Not only that, but 21 percent doubled the recommended dosage. These mistakes cut across all groups and all education levels, and they may have more to do with the measuring tools used than anything else.

Liquid medicine usually tastes terrible, but it’s more common with children’s medicine than with adults because of how much growing they do over the years. Measuring out a few teaspoons or milliliters is much easier and more precise than cutting pills in half, for instance, especially since you can’t do that with capsules or slow-release tablets.

But while many kinds of liquid medicine come with measuring cups, there’s no real standardization in what units companies are supposed to use. In fact, it’s possible for a company to provide instructions on the bottle in teaspoons but package it with a cup that only lists milliliters on the side. As a result, parents are making potentially dangerous dosage errors, especially for very small dosages.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this danger. In the first place, pediatricians plan to use this study to force the FDA to make a set of mandatory standardized measurement systems. The regulators already have a standardized system in place right now, but companies don’t have to follow it. The study also showed that parents were much more accurate with oral syringes than with ordinary cups, so buying one is something you can do right now if this situation affects you personally.

Something else you can do right away is get a USA Rx pharmacy discount card. When you present our card to one of the 60,000 pharmacies in the United States that accepts it, a list that includes every major national chain, you can get discounts of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs.

While these discounts don’t stack on top of any other discounts or copays you may get through your insurance, you also don’t have to worry about any deductible or out-of-pocket costs, and in some cases our discounts may even get you a better price. Two ways you can discover more about our program are by calling our toll-free number at 888-277-3911 or by sending us an email at [email protected]

Published September 27th, 2016 by Stephanie Clegg
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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